You are an image bearer of Christ, but you won’t always reflect Him. Your flesh will war between pleasing the Lord and pleasing the crowd. Sometimes the crowd will win the battle, but you must not let them win the war.
The struggle between light and dark, truth and lies, good and evil is real.
Jesus has already won, but you are not yet finished fighting. You want to be accepted and liked but all who are His will be hated by many for Christ’s sake. There is no other way.
If you side with the world, you will be judged by God. If you side with the Lord, you will be hated by the world.
The world is fickle but God is constant. He is perfect and His Word is clear. He hates pride and deceit, wicked plans, eagerness for evil, and those who stir up strife. Avoid those who partake in these things but know this won’t win you worldly friends.
Refuse to surrender your soul to the side that cannot win.
The enemy presses in and whispers lies and temptations in an effort to distract you from the truth.
Victory is yours. Christ has won!
Death is defeated and all who stand with Christ are victorious.
PSALM 1:1-3 – ESV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.